One of Facebook’s mottos is to move fast and break things, but is the company growing too fast? Glassdoor recently released its 2015 50 Best Places to Work list, and Facebook has fallen from No. 5 to No. 13 overall. Once No. 2 behind Google in the tech category, Facebook is now No. 3, with F5 Networks taking the silver medal.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook has become a worse place to work, as Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor career trends analyst, explained to Inside Facebook:
First, it’s important to remember that Facebook is a great place to work and well above the average company rating on Glassdoor. However, when you dig into the reviews, you notice some themes emerging within the employee commentary shared over the past year. At Facebook, employees reported increased challenges with work-life balance, growing pains as the company hires more employees and pressure to constantly perform and move fast.
Here are some key opinions from anonymous Facebook employees about their workplace:
“The amount of power entrusted to employees is huge. You are empowered to go explore and find data, build things, and generally choose the course of action you think will have the most impact.” – Facebook User Operations Associate
“The company perks, work that you do, and the tools to enable you to get that work done are unparalleled or equal to best in the industry. It does not get better than this.” – Facebook Software Engineer
Overall, Facebook has a 4.1 (out of 5) rating by its employees on Glassdoor. Here’s how other tech firms ranked in this year’s list:
- Google (#1 overall, 4.5 company rating)
- F5 Networks (#4, 4.3)
- Facebook (#13, 4.1)
- Qualcomm (#14, 4.1)
- Adobe (#18, 4.1)
- MathWorks (#19, 4.1)
- Apple (#22, 4.0)
- LinkedIn (#23, 4.0)
- Zillow (#33, 3.9)
- MINDBODY (#34, 3.9)
- NVIDIA (#36, 3.9)
- Orbitz Worldwide (#42, 3.9)
- Interactive Intelligence (#44, 3.9)
- Genesys (#45, 3.9)
F5 Networks, which took Facebook’s spot on the tech rankings, is actually a newcomer to the list.
Now, here’s Glassdoor’s full 2015 Best Places to Work rankings:
Readers: Where would you rather work — Google, F5 Networks or Facebook?